Course Catalog


Do you need professional development units?

Intellectual Ferret by The Dillon Group, Inc. is the home for corporate universities where employees can earn professional development and continuing education units.

Codes and standards? We’ve got that covered, either online or in a live workshop.

Construction best practices? We’ve got that too, from the perspective of an award-winning 4th generation homebuilder and subject matter expert.

Sustainability? Of course we do. From construction to verification, we’ve done it all in the green home building world.

Management and leadership? You betcha!

Are you an energy rater looking for CEUs? If you are, we offer RESNET approved CEUs for some of our courses!

What Should I Expect?

Our online content is designed with evidence-based principles for training people, mixed with expertise and loads of personality. Nobody should suffer through boring training taught by people who have never done what they teach.

You don’t get that here. We only teach what we know how to do: build homes that perform well, rate homes for energy efficiency, and verify homes for energy efficient and green building programs.

Our experience as a 4th generation homebuilder, subject matter expert in codes and standards (and green building), professional educator, and sports entertainer brings to life what the less talented make boring.

We know we aren’t everyone’s cup of tea- and we never intend to be! But if you want to learn from an expert who tells it like it is… we deliver that to you in spades.

21st Century Talent Spotting

21st-century talent spotting is about the tricky business of hiring and promoting the leaders your company needs for the future. We draw on research and…
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Authenticity Paradox

With public confidence low, it’s critical that executives come across as genuine and believable. That’s why authenticity is now seen as a touchstone of effective…
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Blue Ocean Strategy

It’s important to realize that the business universe consists of two kinds of markets: red oceans and blue oceans. Red oceans represent all the industries…
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Burnout: The Causes and Cures

BURNOUT The Best Methods to Defeat the Insidious Enemy that Saps Morale and Kills Your Team Nothing kills your team’s productivity and morale faster. Burnout…
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CEO Succession Planning

CEO Succession Planning

What is the number one job of a Board of Directors? CEO Succession Planning. It’s also the #1 challenge facing organizations today.
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Change Management

Change Management

Are you facing change at an unprecedented rate? If you answer “yes” then our Change Management workshop is for you & your team!
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Customer Service

In this workshop, we explore the nine elements of Customer Service that enhance performance and communication skills, as well as much more.
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Ekotrope Energy Modeling

Ekotrope RATER Training Available as an online workshop on Building Science Education Are you ready to start energy modeling? Our online training shows you how…
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Fundamentals of Sales

Our Fundamentals of Sales workshop covers the 12 attributes of a great salesperson, 6 principles of influence, the 2 types of knowledge salespeople need to…
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Hidden Traps of Decision-Making

There are well-documented traps that affect our decision making. We draw on insight and advice from the classic HBR article “The Hidden Traps in Decision…
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How Managers Become Leaders

This is one of the thorniest challenges leaders face: stepping into their first role running a whole enterprise. We draw on research and insights from…
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How Netflix Reinvented HR

Recently, Netflix has gotten a lot of attention for its pioneering HR practices. We take a look at the company’s approach and how it evolved,…
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How to Deal with Rejection

In this seminar, we explain why rejection hurts, why we fear rejection and the consequences of that fear, common reasons for getting rejected, and most…
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How to Get Good at Marketing

In our marketing workshop, we examine the 7 P’s of Marketing: People, Product, Proof, Price, Place, Promotion, and you will learn about the processes of…
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How to Plan

Do you know how to plan? In our live workshop, you will discover the true value in the planning process by developing a plan based…
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How to Set and Achieve Goals

Do you have trouble setting and achieving goals? Does your organization consistently fail to meet goals? We use evidence-based principles, not urban legends, to provide…
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How to Spot a Saboteur

HOW TO SPOT A SABOTEUR Do you wonder why meetings take so long? Or why nothing is decided until the last second? It’s because about…
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Leading the Team You Inherit

Leading the team you inherit is the challenge of taking over an established team. We explore the insights of Michael Watkins, expert on leadership transitions…
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Make Exit Interviews Count

Exit interviews are an organizational tool that’s widely used but not well executed. We draw on the thinking of Everett Spain, of the U.S. Military…
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Marketing Myopia

It’s important not to define the company’s product as its business. Levitt refers to that kind of thinking as “suicidal product provincialism.” The way to…
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RESCAZ Simulation Training

RESCAZ Simulation Training Do you want to get prepared for the RESCAZ Simulator? Look no further! We offer a module of videos that walkthrough each…
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Strategy

Strategy

In our Strategy workshop, we explore the three facets of strategy and will help you develop a philosophy that wins your competitive space.
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Success Depends on Execution

The two key areas the success depends on are behaviors & processes. In our course you will learn the principles behind successful execution in these…
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The Rating Game

The Rating Game Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to The Rating Game! The Rating Game is a questionnaire meant as a supporting product, one that aims…
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Train the Trainer

This course is designed to improve the training skills of vocational instructors.  This two day course covers the teaching process, cognitive load management, building expertise,…
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What Great Managers Do

We’ve all heard the expression “the best boss I ever had”—but what does that actually mean? What behaviors do great managers execute?
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What Makes a Leader?

Psychologist Daniel Goleman has studied nearly 200 companies and we present his research to help you recognize the qualities that make you a leader.
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What’s Your Purpose?

Why do you do what you do? What’s the driving force behind your life? Ultimately, what is your purpose? This evidence-based seminar will help guide…
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Why Organizations Don’t Learn

Organizational learning is crucial to competitiveness but hard to sustain. We draw on a decade of research across a range of industries and explore tactics…
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Work Ethic

Work Ethic

What is work ethic? Why does it seem that the younger generations don’t have the same work ethic as older generations? Our workshop discusses the…
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